Thursday, June 28, 2012

[DYSU] Challenge #78 - Blue Skies & Clouds

Good morning, everyone! I can't believe that we already have end of June...where has the time gone? We're completely mid-way in our summer season and it's evident by the many CSA baskets I have been picking up. I still owe you all a bunch of fabulous photos and recipes that I have been whipping up to use up these wonderful fresh ingredients. Just to tease you, I just made a delicious pecan-crusted warm goat cheese & beet salad.

We're here to bring you a great challenge: Blue Skies & Clouds. This week I am playing around with mixed media - something I am dabbling here and there, but still feeling a little new and unsure about this medium.

This week we also have a great sponsor along who provided us the entire June release set to showcase: Gecko Galz. This week I chose to "Tag You're It" collage set.

Stamps: (Tag You're It) Gecko Galz; (Up, Up & Away) Papertrey Ink
Paper: (Paper Basics Card Stock - Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Jenni Bowlin - No. 11 Brown Sugar; Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo) Ranger
Embellishments: (Gesso - White) Gold; (Artists' Color Acrylic Series 1 - Brilliant White, Brilliant Blue, Light Portrait Pink) Utrecht; (Mixed Brads - Karlie; Chipboard Alphabet Ledger - Elsie) The Girl's Paperie; (Writing Pen - Sepia) Martha Stewart; (Corrugated Cardboard) recycled

I started out by cutting a bunch of the tags down the middle shingled the card stock down. Then I added a layers of Gesso. I got a little carried away with the acrylic paint. With last week's "Inspired a Movie" challenge I still had Vanilla Sky in mind when I saw "Blue Skies & Clouds." I'm not sure if you can see that the big tags were used as a background, some of the script and music shows through if you peek hard enough... but I should have eased up on the Gesso layer and the acrylic paint next time.

The flower embellishment is made out of three types of mini tags that I picked and printed those 3 or 4 times out. I wanted to create a flower to embellish the card and go a little bit outside the box to stretch the use of tags. The center is a beautiful brad from The Girl's Paperie collection. The clouds I stamped with dark brown and then used white acrylic pain to lighten them  up to give them that Vanilla Sky ... although now that I look at it, they look a little stormy.


The chipboard letters I thought would work well, because they have both blue and pink accents on the letters. Since it has a little bit of a casual look, I thought I needed to bridge those two styles together with a bit of corrugated card stock that I peeled into the distressed look...


Thanks for peeking. I'm still trying to make up my mind if I like this card or mixed media. It's definitely not my comfort zone. If you haven't seen the other girls's creations, hop on over and remember to leave them some love :)...And don't forget to enter our challenge!

Our sponsors this week:

* Winner's Choice of 4 Images

* $20 Gift Certificate

Entire July Collection (The Digital Paper Pack "Great Adventures", 6 different collage sets including Vintage Travels & Wild West dominos, and a digital stamp set "Mermaids Garden" a prize pack worth $30)


Pauline said...

This is just gorgeous Ren Yi, worthy of a frame to hang opn the wall. It may be out of your comfort zone, but you really made a piece of art here!

Denise and Louise said...

I love this card Ren-Yi. That background is amazing and the flower looks great.
Denise xx

onecraftymama said...

Stretching out of your comfort zone turned out lovely! Isn't it funny how we have a hard time appreciating that, though? I love the unique bloom you made with the tags - simply genius idea!

WencheP said...

This is just fantastic! You are so creative!


Anonymous said...

Hi Ren Yi
your card is amazing.a little bit outside the box is sometimes a was a lot work and you can be proud.i like your card a lot.have a wonderful and creative weekend.hugs across the miles.

JOAN said...

This is a great card!! Love all the mixed media effect. Hugs, Joan

princesskitten said...

love your swirl - brilliant idea

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